The annual World Grits Festival is held in April at St. George, South Carolina. The town claims to be the 'Grits Capital of the World', eating more pounds of grits per capita than anyplace else in the world.
Today the term 'grits' commonly refers to 'hominy grits,' but actually 'grits' is a term for any coarsly ground grain, like rice, oats, corn, etc. Hominy grits is coarsly ground corn (larger particles than corn meal). Grits are boiled and usually served as a breakfast food, they can be served with butter, gravy, or topped with cheese, etc.
In 2002 Georgia designated Grits as the official state prepared food.
Corn flake cereals are made from white corn grits.
Grits are especially associated with the Southern states of the U.S., sort of a Southern National Dish. Many who have not been raised eating grits for breakfast view them as akin to white glue paste.